Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Reviews: 1,650
Hads: 6,141
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Photo of robwestcott
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle to a dogfish head signature glass - a rich summer golden color with a nice foamy white full finger head that lasts but a minute or two before fully dissipating.

entirely enjoyable, albeit predictable summer wheat. best when ice cold. (256 characters)

Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, dry, transparent straw color, quick head. Smells of the yeast, and an unleavened bread feeling takes over. The taste is very pleasing, much like the bread. Somewhat dry feel with a nice bitter taste and a fresh citrus quench. One of the best Wheat's I've had. (268 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool (886 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied. (618 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ballsy beer from Kalamazo, and they dare to do it with a "summer" beer. Nice combo of wheat, yeast flavors, leaning towrds the citrusy end of the spectrum. Nice heft for a hefe-weizen. I could drink this year-round. Thanks proc. (240 characters)

Photo of larsee01
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass bottle (back in Chicago!!) assertively poured into Hoegaarden hexagonal pint glass

A--Milky, cloudy, radiant pumpkin pie with a thick, creamy head. Light yeast floaties. Beautiful.

S--Awesome. Sweet candy/caramel malt with bready sourdough yeast. Spicy phenol twang.

T--Starts same as smell. Sweet malt and sour breadiness. A touch of blueberry? Spicy zip with mild phenols. Mild yet complex. Hops pop up at finish for a perfectly balanced bitter effect. I'm happy there is no lingering bitterness. Buttery biscuit aftertaste. Exceptionally well-balanced.

M--Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Coats the mouth gently and persistently.

D--Not like an ice-cold High Life, but certainly sessionable. (710 characters)

Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head and active carbonation.

S: Wheat malts and yeasts with some residual sweetness and spiciness.

T: Beautiful sweet wheat malt leads to notes of citrus, fresh cut flowers, coriander, pepper, and phenols. Ends with hops that are just bitter enough to add a nice refreshing bite.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Ends somewhat thin.

D: I used to kick back during undergrad summers in Michigan with a couple of these. This brings back memories of vibrant sunny days without a care in the world. Even now, drinking a few bottles (wherever I can find them) changes my outlook on life, no matter how down I feel at that moment. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's, and should be more widespread in distribution. (763 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 12, reviewed April 2. Pretty fresh!

A--Murky, dark gold color with a bunch of near microscopic floaties swimming throughout. About a finger of head with a moderately soft pour. Recedes down after a minute leaving a small bit of lace

S--Faint banana, orange peel, pears, citrusy hops

T--Wow what an easy drinking beer. No singular flavor stands out, it pretty much exactly like the nose with everything meshing together. Do not go into this beer expecting some mind blowing rush of flavor. That is not what this style is about. It is not like a typical wheat beer nor a typical pale ale. Don't expect either, just enjoy what you have which is a solid representation of the style that makes for perfect summer drinking

M--Very oily but smooth as butter. Coats your whole mouth and drips from the roof of the mouth even after you are done swallowing

D--Perfect session beer. Not something to go to if you are looking to give your taste buds a workout, but just a flat out great easy drinking beer (1,015 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer on tap, in mini-keg, and in bottles. I have had it in bottle the most, so that is what I am reviewing.
Appearance is a good cloudy wheat ale. It pours with a slight head on it.
Smell: The beer has a good wheat aroma with a slight citrus scent to it.
Taste: I was blown away by this beer. I spent a summer in Belgium, and this beer reminded me a lot of the witbeers and the lighter more refreshing beers I had over there. It has a nice subtle citrus tone that blends well with the wheat.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and not too carbonated.
Drinkability: My beer of choice for summer, I could not get enough of it.
My only issue was that I did not notice a huge change from bottle to tap. I was expecting to be blown away, but it was the same beer I always had. Either way, this is a great American summer beer. (829 characters)

Photo of carlspeed
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today! (385 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat. (520 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a weiss glass. It has a cloudy golden color with a fantastic head that has excellent retention. The aroma is mostly wheat malt with hints of orange and subtle hops. The flavor is mostly rich malted wheat. The finish is quite nice - accents of orange and a trace of hops. It has a medium body that is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is one of my favorite American wheat beers - a great summer refresher. It has a uniqueness that is unmatched in my experience to other beers in itss class. However, it is much better closer to the source (at the Eccentric Cafe) from the cask! (626 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended! (555 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought as a single for $1.66 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Fat Head's 0.5 L rastal pint glass. This review is long overdue as I have visited the Brewery, the Eccentric Café and have seen Oberon in so many places and I finally bought one. I want to say that I love the label which is remarkably close in color to the body of the beer but more than that it is sunny, happy and attractive. Incidentally "9344" stamped on the back label, whatever that means.

A opaque orange body with lots of visible sediment floating about under a one inch creamy white head. I love this look. 4.5

S Nice lightly sweet wheat ale with very little hops to the nose. I find this smell interesting. 4.0

T A very soft, lightly sweet wheat taste with the nice grain presence and minimal alcohol tastes. It is easy to see why this beer is so popular. There is also the possibility of a light citrus but not the typical lemony taste but actually an orange taste that is just so welcome in this style. Very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately chewy, thick without being so much as to be distracting. Nice and smooth too. 4.0

D Very good indeed, maybe the best feature of the beer. 4.5

Notes: A classic, american session beer that everyone should try. (1,316 characters)

Photo of Cmitch9
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice but light citrus flavor and a good bite. Light golden in color, slightly cloudy, everything you would expect from a Pale American Wheat without going too far. Slight citrus smell, inviting, not overbearing. Very refreshing and easy to drink. One of the preeminent Summer Ales in my opinion. Not too fruity or sweet like many others in the genre. (351 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that has the number 8571 printed on the back. Not sure if that's the batch number or some code for the best by date. The beer pours slightly hazy, lemony yellow with a slight warm golden hay color. There is a thin white head that fades to a collar but still leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

I get a hint of apricot flavored yogurts mixed with cereals. Very mild yet interesting, a sensation of warm summer days and breakfast. Smell is balanced between wheat, malts and a floral fruity notes.

Taste is smooth and slightly creamy with almost all the same attributes of the scent but also mixed with citrus flavors. Light and unassuming, this beer has nice sweet yet mild flavors. Also there is a twinge of spiciness and bite from some hops but the profile is not distinguishable to my palate.

This beer screams summertime. It is light and refreshing with mild carbonation and a good bitterness. Bells has done it again. Damn I wish these were available out here. Stupid Texas. (995 characters)

Photo of DAllspaw
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into pint glass.

A = wonderful straw color, reminiscent of Hennepin, a personal fav so already biased. Great lacing which rings down the glass as you drink. Definitely cloudy, with noticable sediment.

S = light, citrus, some funk, nothing too strong.

T = wonderful balance of hops and light malt, more malt taste than expected from color.

M = fair carbonation, a slight bit of tannin on the front of the tongue and malt on the back. Very solid presence, not too light. A bit of creaminess, nice touch.

D = just a very solid beer, certainly drinkable, all night long. (586 characters)

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me a little. I was thinking light summer brew and got something alot different. Allthough this beer is a summer brew it still has a little bite to it that makes me think this couold be offered year round.

The beer still has the great hoppy taste that Bell's is so known for and yet it is not a filling beer. I easily drank a 6-pack and still felt like eating.

I would easily grab another 6-pack and drink this whether I was at the beach, lake or had just got done mowing the yard. (503 characters)

Photo of shand
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color with a decent head. Head retention isn't great.

Smell: Smells citrusy, wheaty, and just a bit grassy and hoppy. Very very nice.

Taste: Well, this stuff tastes really freakin' good. It's a very crisp beer, with the citruses and hops taking center stage. There's a bit of a wheat aftertaste that makes this an interesting ale. Very delicious and unique for the style.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day.

A very great widely distributed beer that'd be great on both a hot day and a cool day. Highly recommended. (656 characters)

Photo of 6thomas3
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dull shade of earth brown, modest carbonation bubbles breaching the surface, limited head that quickly fades into nothingness

Smell - Subtle hint of wheat wrapped with a clean dirt smell infused with delicate fruit and floral burst with added malt and hop

Taste - Initial natural flow across the palate that builds up to and teases the taste buds only leading to an apex of pain free bite

Mouthfeel - Uniform smoothness with ample moisture release

Overall - Effortless drinkability and splendid seasonal (520 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summertime,... and the drinkin's easy...

Golden shimmering nectar, hazy with mystery and promise. Pillowy and white, the head makes me want to jump in and take a nap. Yeasty, bready aromas waft upward, followed by slight hints of tropical fruits and citrus oils. My tastebuds are massaged by the smooth creaminess, flavors penetrate, spice -wheat - flowers - apricot/banana - yeast. Drinkable? Damn skippy. (409 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new mug. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy medium golden color with an orangish hue. Head is a good finger thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice surface layer with a good, thick ring lining the inside of the glass. leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of wheat, malt and citrus or lemon are present. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Wheat and malt upfront followed by hints of citrus and grapefruit. The fruity aftertaste lingers. Has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be! A real winner from The fine folks at Bell's. I will drink this again for sure.

Eric (685 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is full of lemony citrus and cracker-like wheat. A very good aroma for a summer beer.

Cloudy and golden in complexion. Not surprisingly for a pale wheat beer. Nothing different.

Starts out nice and bright, with a good dose of lemon and citrus comprising much of the body with a high level of carbonation. Fades into a good hit of wheat and cracker that helps finish the beer out on a delicious note...only a slight note of hoppiness is present; pretty minor. Wheat lingers a little after the's definitely a defining characteristic of the beer.

Absolutely delicious summer beer here!! Extremely easy to put down and I'd imagine it'd be awesome on a hot day. (677 characters)

Photo of DWilliams76
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer is upon us and this is a great summer beer. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Lovely straw color with a 1 finger head. The taste is a nice light wheat beer with hints of orange. Agaiin, the perfect summer session beer. Mouthfeel was deadon and what you would expect. Overall, one of my favorite wheat ales. If you can get it, drop it in the fridge, mow you lawn and enjoy! You will find it an extreme easy-drinking pleasure. (437 characters)

Photo of MsMandy
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep golden hue, cloudy

S- Smokey, wheat heavy fragrance

T- Starts smokey. Strong, yeasty wheat middle. Similar finish. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M- Light-medium body, medium/good amount of carbonation

D- Great Flavor! Easy and extremely enjoyable to drink. One of my favorite summertime wheat beers. (306 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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